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"She seemed to come suddenly upon happiness as if she had surprised a butterfly in the Winter woods"
(edith wharton)


Monday, 16 February 2009

rediscovering my creative-self

over the past few weeks, something has changed or shifted in me. It is like a veil has lifted from my creative eyes My home is changing as well and as you can see so is my blog. ..... Mother Mary is making a presence in my life and it is a comforting presence for me. I have been fighting this for quite awhile now but after some loving guidance from Sr.K... I am accepting more and I have come to an even greater sense of personal peace. Like all the years of searching for who I am have kind of settled... of course, this could also be a calm before a storm.. of which I am used to now. Most creative people seem to experience this. And I am happy with that.

many years ago, I made cloth dolls to sell.. selling many to shops all over Australia... at the time, I didn't consider myself an artist.

Last week, I was asked to create a doll for an auction, this reignited my passion and at the moment I am in midst of creating .. not just the doll, but also a piece of art to hang on my wall under the words IMAGINE.. I am having fun choosing bits of fabric and buttons to adorn a dress and experimenting with paper mache... inspired by an artist who I only discovered last week - Julie Arkell. Which led me to some gorgeous fabric art blogs one if which is Hens Teeth.. HEN'S TEETH, a fabric artist. Reading her blog made me realize that my preferred medium is fabric, dabbling in others when the urge takes me. Rediscovering bottles of buttons, lace and other vintage ephemera, long forgotten in my cupboards, to create art. Hence my new banner.

I have started to knit myself a scarf for winter and have even started to alter a jacket that I bought last week. I am also playing around and trying a few methods of creating my own brooches from broken and discarded vintage jewellery - lots of fun!

On Tuesday, my brother-in-law Paul, is under going a 5 hour operation to remove a large tumour on his brain. It is aggressive but we still don't know if it is cancerous. That will be revealed once all the results come back after his operation. We are both quite close to Paul. He and his wife Tina are the couple who we went with on our two week cruise a few years ago. Paul and I would do our daily laps of the ship, together. I thankyou so much for your continuing prayers and thoughts.

what is happening at Inglewood? - it has been raining for about 4 days now. quite heavy. good soaking rain for our garden and my tanks are all full... I think the garden is beginning to slow down in readiness for autumn.

oh and when I transferred over to my new computer, I lost all my favourite blogs... so slowly I am retracing my blogging steps... and will eventually find all of you..

17 comments:

Tracy said...

Robyn, so glad that you rediscovered your personal medium in which to create! Still praying for your BIL. xx

Wendy said...

I think it would wonderful to make dolls. I haven't attempted any yet, but maybe this year...
I am happy that you are rediscovering your creative self. Isn't it fun?
Hope things go well for your BIL.
Love and Light

Pam said...

I am thinking of you today Robyn.Thank you for continuing to post when you have so much on your mind. I needed to check in and see how you were. Your journey with creativity is, as always,interesting and delightful, and I love to see the directions you are taking.My thoughts continue to be with those in your family with health problems, and for you, as you must feel anxious while remaining strong and positive. I pray for good outcomes for you all on Tuesday. Take care dear friend. xxx

Winterwood said...

I'm loving your change - now youre going to inspire me!!! love the new banner!

Amy said...

oh that's beautiful to rediscover something you enjoy doing, we've had rain here on and off too and the cooler temperatures are delightful. Thinking and praying for your brother here...

spirit said...

Hi Robyn,
I am also glad that you are back to creating.Although I am not an artist, I love creating,although imperfectly.It is a welcome distraction from the negative things in my life.My prayers are sent to you and your family.
Much love,
Sue xx

linda may said...

I am jealous of you having time to be creative. I think I am creative too but not artistic. Since moving here everything has flown out the window and away from me, my pottery and my garden, the belonging that I had with my old work mates.
Just goes to prove, you don't know what you got until it's gone.
I can't wait to see your results. Take some pics to show off in here for me Rob.

Janet said...

I like the new look! Isn't it fun to re-discover yourself? I go through so many different phases and I'm still finding out who I am.

Sending good thoughts for Paul.

Genie Sea said...

Sounds like Spring is coming at Inglewood, not Fall! Many new beginnings, reunions with old loves, and promising stirrings! How wonderful! :)

gemma said...

Hen's Teeth is a very cool blog.
I have always loved your handiwork. I love the doll(Happy, Shiny, People)you made. The quilt square you made for Violette is precious. You are talented in many areas dear Robyn.I love textiles and beautiful fabrics too....
Blessings to your family,for your BIL and Sister too.
xx

Tori said...

It's great that you're getting back into your creative stuff! It sounds fun. =) I hope things go well for your brother-in-law.

amelia said...

Here's sending really good vibes for your BIL. What an awful thing to go through.

Sorrow said...

I was so excited to see the crayons, i don't know why but they made me smile!

Leanne said...

thinking of your B-I-L too robyn.

leanne x

peppylady said...

Can you sent some creativity my way. Looks like you got the ball rolling.

Sorry to hear about your brother in-law Paul.

Coffee is on and I just got a new tea couple days ago.

Paula - Buenos Aires said...

Enjoy the discovery! Continuous thoughts for you and your family.

Night Owl said...

Love the new look :-) I hope you'll share all your new creations.